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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Photo Transfers on: July 11, 2014 08:32:54 PM
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.  It appears we're in the majority because the bamboo & the Ferris wheel are my favorites too.

These turned out great!  I'm especially drawn to the ferris wheel one.   Did you happen to snap any before shots (before the enhancements)?  I would love to see the differences.

Belladune:  You can't really see what's been done in the way of enhancement in the photos.  
On the first one, the bamboo leaves were painted over with a glossy Mod Podge so they pop out of the mat photo.  
We did the same for the lobster & some of the lettering on the Portland Lobster sign.
The only other one is the B&W Budapest Dome where the flag was painted & glossed.

If you want to see the original photos, most are on daughter's site:  denajenkins.com
If they appear different from the ones here, it might mean she did more photoshopping on them.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Photo Transfers on: July 04, 2014 11:28:35 AM
My daughter & I have been experimenting with photo transfers & having a delightful time.   She's not professional but is seriously into photography so all of the photos are ones she's taken during her travels.

We used a gel medium to transfer the laser printed photos to canvas or wood.  We finished some with an acrylic spray---mat or gloss---& added a thick coat of Mod Podge to others.  Some are coated with dark oil to give a more antique finish.  For those transfers that weren't as successful, we covered the glitches with an acrylic wash to give a more distressed appearance.  Several have been enhanced by painting a Glossy Mod Podge onto certain areas for accents. 

We came up with quite a variety of looks & hope to investigate a bit more into the technique.  We've already chosen a lot more photos to work with & may even try a few of my pics.













13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flaunt it! on: July 03, 2014 11:07:05 PM
My thought has always been:  IF YOU CAN'T HIDE IT, FLAUNT IT! 

If you must use a cane or walking stick, get the most intricately carved, & brightly painted ones you can find.  Get an array of them to accessorize your wardrobe. 

I've added flowers, feathers or beads to several turbans I've made for friends who underwent cancer treatment.  The additional bling can make a huge difference in attitude.

I've seen people wearing eyepatches & had the urge to ask if I could paint a flower on them. Wouldn't a ruffled edge make it look cute?  Sequins?  Oooh, an eyeball painted on an eyepatch?

That's why, on the 2 occasions I've had foot surgery, I decided I couldn't hide the ugly casts I had to wear.  Instead, I opted to paint flowers on them to make a fashion statement.   It's surprising how many lovely comments I received because of them.   

The P. A. at the hospital also liked my effort.  Enough so that, my first cast was sitting atop the upper cabinets in the cast room when I left.  How many people have had a piece of artwork on display at Mayo Clinic?

I also tried decorating the cumbersome walking boot but wasn't successful.  I could't find a paint that would stick to the smooth surface so it peeled right off.  After a second try I gave up.  At least, the paint job lasted long enough for me to get a photo.   






14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Tile with Mushroom & Ladybug on: May 21, 2014 07:05:34 PM
A clay tile that measures about 4x4 inches.  The background leaves & mushrooms are carved into the clay while the other items are modeled individually & added before firing.



15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Tile on: May 21, 2014 06:54:09 PM
A clay tile measuring about 4x4 inches.  I first carved the tree branches into the leather hard clay.  Then I modeled the bird & tiny leaves which I affixed to the tile before firing.



16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sahara---A Camel on: May 16, 2014 08:52:03 PM
Hopefully, I have this in the right place.  She isn't a toy but more of a decoration.

When a dear friend asked me to make him a stuffed felt camel I thought, "Yeah, I can do that".  After all, I've designed lots of felties, all about 4" to 8" high.  When he asked for it to be about 2 ft tall, it became an instant challenge. 

I began by making a small one, about 7" tall, with a wire framework.  I didn't finish it completely but decided it would work. 

I then doubled the wire for the framework & made the full size one.  Too late, I learned that the wire wasn't strong enough to support him.  He will barely stand up.  I suppose I could finish him as a sitting down camel.

Hubby came to my rescue & helped me make a PVC pipe frame.  Did you know that you can heat the PVC with a heat gun & bend it into any shape you want?  Worked great!  I wrapped the frame in quilt batting & sewed the felt around it, adding more stuffing as needed.

I made a few adjustments to the pattern (added toes) & somewhere during the process, He became a She---Sahara.  When she was all decked out in her camel finery, I mailed her off to my friend---he loved her.    I was rather pleased with the results too.














17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Flamingo Wine Glasses on: April 27, 2014 08:46:30 PM
A friend requested that I paint flamingos on wine glasses for her.  It's my first try & I'm fairly pleased with the results.  She is too. 



18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Fish on: April 17, 2014 04:55:27 AM
There are tiny black particles on the fins & tail that should have melted & flattened into the surface to give a more mottled effect.  Because the temperature wasn't high enough, they're still rough little nuggets, like unmelted glass chips, raised on the surface.  I love the speckled glazes & use them often with no problem.  Fortunately, I like this effect too.
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Fish on: April 16, 2014 08:32:51 PM
I brought this home from Pottery class last night.  He's about 9" long & will hang on the wall.  My only disappointment is that the intructor had her asistant turn on the kiln & she didn't get the temperature right.  That's why the crackles on his fins & tail didn't melt down.  They adhered but didn't melt.  I could ask her to refire it but don't really mind the way it is. 


20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Flowers on: March 15, 2014 07:47:47 AM
As a snowbird wintering in Florida, I've missed my summer pottery classes.  Fortunately, I've found a local studio so I can now play in the dirt year round. 

One of my first finished pieces is about 10" x 4".  I pressed banches (Cedar?) into the wet clay & attached flowers & leaves that I modeled separately.   I wanted soft colors over all but didn't get quite enough green on the leaves.  My instructor suggested I add another coat to them & refire so I think I'll try it.  Other than that, I'm well pleased with it.  I didn't want a hole showing on the top so I'll either attach a hanger to the back with epoxy or display it on an easel.


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